Ontario Electrical League

June 27, 2012 16:58 ET

Electrical Contractors Applaud Ontario PCs' Support For Open Construction Tendering

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 27, 2012) - The Ontario Electrical League (OEL) today applauded the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party for supporting open tendering of public sector construction projects.

In a new policy whitepaper, "Paths to Prosperity: Flexible Labour Markets," the Party includes open tendering as a central policy position.

"The OEL welcomes the Ontario PCs' stand for a strong and competitive Ontario economy, fairness to taxpayers, and ending rules that block thousands of contractors and their employees from working on public construction projects," said OEL President Stephen Sell.

Sell remarked, "Open construction tendering will save Ontario's provincial and municipal taxpayers millions of dollars, and make more money available for hospitals and other essential infrastructure. It will also restore fairness to public tendering and increase competition by allowing non-union companies and their employees to bid on public sector work."

The new whitepaper, available at http://www.ontariopc.com/media/2012/06/Hudak-White-Papers-Labour-H.pdf, specifically calls for provincial policy to "Abolish the practice of closed tendering across Ontario's municipal and broader public sectors."

About the Ontario Electrical League

The Ontario Electrical League (OEL) is a non-profit organization whose role is to promote, strengthen and represent the electrical industry in Ontario. OEL provides communications, education, industry events and other services on behalf of its 2,500 members in 20 local chapters. League members include electrical contractors, electricians, apprentices, municipal utilities, electrical inspectors, distributors, manufacturers, manufacturers' representatives, consulting engineers, educators and service companies. For more information, visit OEL's website at www.oel.org.

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